The treatment for uveitis depends on the cause. Treatment is focused on the controlling any underlying disease that may be responsible for the uveitis. Treatment for uveitis may include eye drops, oral corticosteroids, or medications that suppress the immune system. Close follow-up is important since uveitis can recur.
Specific treatment for uveitis may include:
- Cycloplegics for uveitis:
- Eye drops that dilate the pupil
- Cyclopentolate (Cyclogyl)
- Atropine (Isopto)
- Homatropine (Isopto)
- Corticosteroid eye drops for uveitis:
- Corticosteroid injections for uveitis
- Oral corticosteroids for uveitis:
- Medications that suppress the immune system:
- Azathioprine (Imuran)
- Methotrexate (Rheumatrex)
- Mycophenolate (CellCept)
- Cyclosporin (Sandimmune, Neoral)
- Tacrolimus (Prograf)
- Cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan, Neosar)
- Chlorambucil (Leukeran)
- Surgery for uveitis:
- Depending on the cause, surgery may be required
- Inflammation must resolve before surgery is considered
Iritis Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of uveitis.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having uveitis again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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